What is a benchmark test?

Benchmark tests are screeners. They are given to students at their grade level to see where they are academically compared to other students in their own grade, at a particular time of year. They indicate how well a student is performing at their actual grade level and help identify students who are performing below the 50th percentile and need assistance. They do not tell you what grade a student is functioning at. That can be determined by administering the various grades of progress monitoring measures.

Benchmark tests should not be administered to a student you already know is functioning below their actual grade level

Benchmark tests should not be administered to a student you already know is functioning below their actual grade level, such as changing their grade in school to administer a lower grade benchmark test.In fact the program will not administer a benchmark test to a student off-grade or above the 8th grade (only grades K-8). If you already know a student is performing below grade, then you should automatically start the student on the progress monitoring measures.

Benchmark tests can be found on the Teacher Deluxe accounts and are not a part of the easyCBM Lite edition.

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